Double Gold Award Makes Northumberland Marmalade Maker one of the Best in the World!

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Lynne Allan, who makes jams and marmalades under the label of Lady Waterford Preserves at The Old Dairy Concept Store in Ford, is one of only two Double Gold winners at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards.

The Awards, which take place every year at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith, attract more than 3,000 professional and amateur marmalade makers from all over the world and are considered to be the equivalent of the Oscars when it comes to marmalade making.

In addition to the Double Gold, she also won a Bronze for her Orange Marmalade with Chips. “I can’t tell you how amazed and thrilled I am to win this highly coveted award. Up until now we’ve been selling our jams and marmalades from The Old Dairy Concept Store but the Double Gold has changed all that. For example we have an immediate order from Fortnum & Mason, who sponsor the event, for 250 jars with the prospect of more to come as well as many other specialist shops keen to have our preserves.”

Judging at the Festival takes place with the help of the Women’s Institute and the likes of food historian Ivan Day, Guardian journalist Dan Leopard and Shirley Spear from the Michelin starred Three Chimneys. Head buyers from Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason also take part.

Jane Hasell-McCosh, the founder of the competition which is now in its eleventh year said: “The quality of the marmalades judged was at its very highest. Double Gold winners really are special marmalade makers. Not to put too fine a point on it they are the best in the world.”

Lady Waterford Hall in Ford is delighted to be able to offer The Old Dairy’s award-winning preserves for sale from Easter until the end of April. Each month during 2015 the Hall showcased and sold the work of a different local artist, crafter or artisan and will do so again this year.

Lady Joicey said “It seemed only fitting that, as Double Gold winner, Lynne’s Lady Waterford Preserves are the first to be showcased in our display cabinet this season. I’m sure they will be very much in demand – I recommend an early visit to avoid disappointment!”

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